Control Your Appetite to Reach Your Goals!
Appetite suppressants are often a popular alternative among many who are struggling to lose weight. However, many leave the market just as quickly as they entered it, making it difficult to decipher the good products from the bad.
With the main goal of assisting with weight loss, everything our medical staff prescribes has been tested and proven effective*, making the process simple for you.
One of the biggest challenges a dieter can face is overeating, of which stress, guilt and eating too fast, among other factors, can be a leading cause. Appetite suppressants attack the source of the problem by targeting the section of the brain that controls hunger. The appetite suppressants we suggest our patients use go directly to the portion of the brain that sends signals when the body is hungry*. We’ve found that those who are overeating are doing so because they are receiving those signals from the brain, though they are unnecessary.
By taking medication to control appetite, those trying to lose weight are able to retrain their bodies to recognize hunger and respond appropriately*, all without feeling unbearably hungry and miserable in the process.
Contact our dependable team today if you think you are a candidate for any of our appetite suppressant products.
Tips for Controlling Your Appetite
In addition to the weight loss and nutritional coaching at Empire Medical Center making tailored recommendations for your goals and the appetite suppressants, our medical weight loss team will recommend, there are a few things that you can do to support controlling your appetite to reach your weight loss goals. Some tips to help support what our weight loss coaches will offer you include:
Take a Drink
If you feel hungry or you are craving something sweet like ice cream, you may just be thirsty. Research suggests that 37% of people mistake thirst for hunger because thirst signals can be very weak and the difference between hunger and thirst ride a fine line. Similar symptoms that include dry mouth or salivation, empty feeling or rumbling in the stomach, and headache or lightheadedness are commonly accepted as symptoms of hunger and many people reach for a snack. However, these cues are also indicative of thirst. If you feel hungry, first try drinking a glass of water and waiting 10 to 15 minutes. If you still feel hungry, it may be true hunger, otherwise, your glass of water may have quenched your thirst and thwarted your need for something to eat. In either event, your glass of water will allow you to feel a little fuller and prevent you from overeating if you do eat.
While we are talking about drinking to curb hunger, let’s talk about the dos and don’t of what to drink. First, if you are attempting to maintain your weight or lose weight, you should never be drinking your calories! These are empty calories that do not contribute to fueling your energy and take away from the calories you can consume in your food if you are calorie counting. A single frappuccino can contain upwards of 500 calories, which is an entire meal! Don’t fall for the marketing tactics of “sugar-free,” “reduced fat,” or “diet” drinks. These all contain artificial sweeteners, which can completely destroy your appetite suppressant efforts and actually enable food cravings and alter your blood sugar. Opt for options like tea, sparkling water, or infused water and leave the “healthy” drinks on the shelf.
You have to eat, we all do. Every day, we are faced with dozens of opportunities to eat and choices we must make. It is easy to mindlessly snack or to eat more than we realize when we are “grazing.” Be mindful of taking every treat that is offered or indulging in potlucks. Meal prepping and planning can help you prevent accidentally eating more than you intended to and help keep you on track with the kinds of foods you intended to eat. Think of food as fuel for living and workouts and avoid emotional eating.
Eat High Fiber Foods
High fiber snacks and food tend to be much more filling than other options and help to curb your hunger. If you are hungry, reach for a high fiber snack like fresh fruits or vegetables. Controlling your appetite throughout the day relies heavily on you feeling full and satisfied after a meal. If you are still hungry after a meal, you are more likely to snack between meals and give in to temptations. Adding high-fiber foods to your meals will leave you feeling fuller longer, without adding unnecessary fat and calories, with the added benefit of regulating blood sugar and fighting constipation (which can make you feel bloated and heavy). High-fiber food options include:
- Fresh veggies
- Fresh fruit
- Sweet potatoes
Control Blood Sugar
As we mentioned, food is fuel and when you do not have enough fuel, you feel hungry. Blood glucose level is one of the triggers for hunger that is fairly easy to control. Keeping a steady blood glucose level can help control appetite and curb cravings. Some ways to help control your blood sugar levels include:
- Limit carb and sugar intake
- Increase fiber intake
- Stay hydrated
- Eat smaller meals more frequently
- Manage stress
- Get enough sleep
- Lose weight
Yes, that’s right, controlling your appetite to lose weight by focusing on keeping your blood sugar levels steady will actually help you naturally suppress your appetite and lose more weight!
We are human and sometimes we need to give in to what we enjoy. We do not encourage cheat meals or cheat days, but we do understand that sometimes you need to have the things you enjoy in life without the guilt. However, there is no need to completely derail your diet efforts and corrupt your appetite to give in to your occasional cheat. If you must cheat, cheat with three bites. Three bites are all it takes to satisfy a craving, without throwing off your blood glucose levels. The three-bite rule is also a good rule of thumb to suppress hunger. If you are hungry and fear that if you do not eat you may give into temptation, eat three bites of a healthy snack and wait 15 minutes to see if you are still hungry. Often, those three bites are all your body needed to refuel until your next meal.
Appetite Control Medication
For added help with your weight loss goals, Empire Medical Center offers medicinal appetite suppressants that work on the receptors in the brain that tell you you are hungry to help you control cravings and avoid eating unnecessary calories and overeating. Appetite control medication helps you avoid feeling hungry which helps keep you on track with your weight loss routine.
Contact us to learn more about our appetite suppressants and schedule your weight loss consultation today!